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Arlington National Cemetery

Cemetery

Detailed history

The Arlington National Cemetery lies in Arlington County, Virginia. The cemetery was established in 1864 during the American Civil War to accommodate the remains of those who died in battle near Washington DC. There are approximately 400,000 headstones for deceased veterans and casualties from all wars fought by the United States since the Civil War, and for re-interred fallen from earlier conflicts. The cemetery is divided into 70 sections and contains 28 major memorials, and 142 minor memorials and plaques.

Arlington National Cemetery is owned by the United States Department of the Army.

www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil

Connections

People

  • Jack Abadie

    Military | Major | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Sommerda on 10-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107050 'Tornado Jr', Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Bernt Balchen

    Military | Colonel | Commander
    Norwegian Bernt Balchen was America's greatest Arctic expert of modern times, most notably he was the first pilot to fly across the South Pole. In WWI he served as a cavalryman in the Finnish Army, which fought against the Russians. In 1921, he became...

  • Frederick Bauerschmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 94th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 410BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Munich in B-17 42-37968 'Little Audrey' 18-Mar-44; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 3418 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Ralph Becker

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 439th Troop Carrier Group
    Assigned to 94TCS, 439TCG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) from glider towing mission [Op Varsity, Rhine crossing], hit by flak on approach to DZ managed to release gliders, before losing altitude and crashing 2 miles SW of Wesel, Germany 24-Mar-45....

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Barclay Boyd Beeby was born in Alton and attended Alton schools, including Shurtleff College. Before joining the military, he was sales manager of the Alton Baking and Ice Cream Company (ABC Bakery). He joined the...

  • Duane Beeson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 4th Fighter Group
    Duane W Beeson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, by February 1942 he had completed over 200 hours of flying and was transferred to Britain to join No. 71 (Eagle) Squadron, RAF 24 days later he joined the 4th Fighter Group in September 1942....

  • Chester Biedul

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter pilot | 496th Fighter Training Group
    Assigned to 338FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 496FTG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, rising to Lieutenant Colonel.

  • George Birdsong

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Flew 25 missions as pilot on 'Delta Rebel No2'. ...

  • Isaac Birdsong

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 710BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt in B-17 43-37938 'Little Rock Blonde' 8-Jan-45; crashed at Frankfurt. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11582 Awards: PH.

  • Gustave Bjorkstrom

    Military | Second Lieutenant | B-17 Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 570BS, 390BG, 8AF USAAF. 13 combat missions*. Failed to Return (FTR) Merseburg in B-17, 42-97407, The As Te Risk. Hit by flak and knocked unconscious just prior to mid air collision with the B-17, 44-8080. Killed in Action (KIA). 30-Nov-44....

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Buried or commemorated

  • Jack Abadie

    Military | Major | Bombardier, Nose Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Sommerda on 10-Jul-44 in B-17 42-107050 'Tornado Jr', Prisoner of War (POW). ...

  • Frank Andrews

    Military | General | Commander of all US forces in the European Theatre of Operations
    General George C. Marshall said late in life that there was only one general he had been able to "prepare all around" for the supreme command of the invasion of Europe, and his name was not, "Ike". ...

  • Edward Ankli

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Engineer | 100th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 350BS, 100BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 43-37882 6-Oct-44; shot down by flak. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 9509 Awards: AM, PH.

  • Donald Beals

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 48th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 494FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF. Armed recce in the Dresden area, Germany in P-47 42-28372 17-Apr-45; shot down by flak while strafing aircraft parked on the ground close to an airfield. Crashed near Lonnewitz. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 14387 ...

  • Barclay Beeby

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 560BS, 388BG, 8AF USAAF. Barclay Boyd Beeby was born in Alton and attended Alton schools, including Shurtleff College. Before joining the military, he was sales manager of the Alton Baking and Ice Cream Company (ABC Bakery). He joined the...

  • Isaac Birdsong

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 447th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 710BS, 447BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Frankfurt in B-17 43-37938 'Little Rock Blonde' 8-Jan-45; crashed at Frankfurt. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 11582 Awards: PH.

  • Francis Bonham

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Air Executive Officer | 447th Bomb Group
    'Ham' Bonham is the youngest son of Maj & Mrs Francis Graves Bonham ...

  • Richard Breesman

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 575BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Hit in face and shoulder by flak 23-Dec-44. Wounded in Action (WIA) Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • John Brown

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot-1055 single engine | 20th Fighter Group
    Flight leader 55th FS 20th FG Sept. 1944 - June 1945. 311 combat hours. 3 air kills (2 x FW-190 + 1 ME-262) and 1/2 ME-262 damaged. P-51D s/n 44-11196 KI+G

  • William Canfield

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 322nd Bomb Group
    1st Lt. William Edward Eustace Canfield was born 31st December, 1921 to Julian and Margaret (Little) Canfield at Kingston, New York. His father was a farmer and an architect and draftsman. His mother was a homemaker and later worked in a car...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
30 September 2014 15:52:49 Emily Created entry with name, latitude, longitude, history and person associations
Sources

Official Website:
www.ArlingtonCemetery.mil

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